October 2013

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Green Initiatives

Bangkok Bike Share Program (Pun Pun)pun pun

Thought about trying it but not quite sure how it works? You will find all the answers to your questions in this BK magazine article. http://bk.asia-city.com/city-living/article/guide-bangkok-pun-pun-bicycle-sharing-system.

News Highlights

maewongnodamProtests against the Mae Wong Dam Project

The Mae Wong Dam project has encountered years of strong resistance from conservationists because of its location in Mae Wong National Park. As per the Environmental Impact Assessment report, more than 12,900 rai of forest will have to be cleared to make way for construction. The Mae Wong National Park serves as an important protection buffer to neighbouring Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuary which is a UN World Heritage Site. The sanctuary is home to a large variety of wildlife, including rare and endangered species such as red gaur, leopards, elephants, bears, hornbills, rhinoceros and tigers. It is one of the very few places on Earth with a wild tiger habitat. Overall, the dam construction will affect the habitat of more than 400 wildlife species and destroy important flora.

This past week, there was a peaceful 13-day, 388-km march from the project site in Nakhon Sawan to Bangkok led by Mr. Sasin Chalermlarb, the secretary general of the Seub Nakhasathien Foundation and endorsed by 28 global and local environmental groups. Thousands of people walked in peaceful protest with a clear message – No Dam.

In response to the protest, the Deputy Prime Minister Plodprasop Suraswadi told protesters that the Government would complete the project despite their concerns. My favourite quote from Mr. Plodprasop Suraswadi when speaking about the protesters to the news media is “Anyway, I thank them for caring about the forests and the wild animals, but I love Thai people more. I opt for the lives of Thai people more [than forests and wildlife].” http://www.bangkokpost.com/opinion/opinion/371224/deputy-prime-minister-plodprasop-we-don-t-believe-in-you-or-you-any-more-says-veera-prateepchaikul

Sign their petition to show your support. http://www.change.org/maewongdam

Green Events

Friday October 4th: Stop the Ivory Trade. Thailand is the second biggest market in the world, just after China, for ivory. Elephants are endangered because the illegal trade of ivory. Join this march organised by a collective of Animal Activist Groups. Starting at 16:00pm from MBK (Tokyu Zone) and marching to Central World. https://www.facebook.com/events/433388276771404/stop ivory trade

Saturday October 5th: Harmony Life Organics Farm Tour. Harmony Life is a certified organic farm in Pak Chong run by owner of the Sustaina Organic Shop Mr. Oga Sama. He will give you a personal tour of his farm. All Day Event. 7:30am pick up at Sustaina Organic Shop in Sukhumvit Soi 39. Return at 4:00pm. Price: 1,500 baht per person.  Lunch included. Vegan or vegetarian options. Must pre-register.  For more details and to register email hphu@bkkfm.com . This event is organised by the Bangkok Farmer’s Market team.

Thursday 17th October to Sunday 20th October: Bangkok Bike Expo @ Muang Thong Thani. 10.00am-20.00pm in Exhibition Hall 4 of Impact Arena. For more details visit http://bicyclethailand.com/events/

IMG_20130818_122813 (Small)Sunday October 27th: Spring Epicurean Market. This fabulous market takes place on the last Sunday of every month. Delicious food, organic veges, fresh cold pressed juices, yummy baked goods and much much more. Head to Spring and Summer restaurant in Sukhumvit Soi 49. https://www.facebook.com/springepicureanmarket Check out Bangkok Greenie’s review at: http://bkkgreenie.com/spring-epicurean-market/ .

Saturday October 26th & Sunday October 27th: Bangkok Farmer’s Market @ K-Village Sukhumvit Soi 26. Visit www.bkkfm.com for more details.

Find these and many other events on the Urban Green Scene calendar: http://www.theurbangreenscene.com/green-calendar/.

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The Urban Green Scene has a sister website Bangkok Greenie www.bkkgreenie.com. How does this differ from Urban Green Scene? Bangkok Greenie aims to eliminate the green wash by providing green reviews of events, restaurants, shops and many other things.

Check out Bangkok Greenie’s review of Ethos Bakery Cafe. Highly recommended if you are in the Khao Sarn area. http://bkkgreenie.com/ethos-bakery-cafe/

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